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5.0 out of 5 stars Why "Crossings" might just be Herbie's finest ever album
It seems to have taken years and years for the world to catch up with what the Mwandishi group achieved musically in their short window of creative genius during the late 60s/early 70s. Many people feel that they reached their pinnacle with this 1971 masterpiece, Crossings.

There can be little doubt that pick of the three tracks on offer here is Hancock's only...
Published on 29 Sep 2006 by The Fish

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3.0 out of 5 stars Same same but different...
A reasonable successor to the superb first 'Mwandishi' album - layer upon layer of individual expression all coming together in one collective, lyrical voice. Too bad they didn't call it a day rather than continuing on to the overwrought, earbashing 'Sextant'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why "Crossings" might just be Herbie's finest ever album, 29 Sep 2006
This review is from: Crossings (Audio CD)
It seems to have taken years and years for the world to catch up with what the Mwandishi group achieved musically in their short window of creative genius during the late 60s/early 70s. Many people feel that they reached their pinnacle with this 1971 masterpiece, Crossings.

There can be little doubt that pick of the three tracks on offer here is Hancock's only composition, Sleeping Giant. After this never-bettered 25 minute epic, about which I can't say anything you won't already know, the writing duties are passed onto reedman Bennie Maupin, who dazzles us with the deeply unsettling Quasar, and then harmonically stunning Water Torture.

The simple reason for this being the greatest Herbie Hancock album of them all is that if you were ever looking for the career of the great man condensed down into one CD, you would have to choose Crossings. This album contains nods to his own Blue Note past(his work with Wayne Shorter in particular) and points toward his future in fusion, funk and popular music.

For those who are unfamiliar with any of Herbie's other albums- avoid this for just now. But if you are looking for music that dazzles, captivates, challenges and inspires its listener, then look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 12 July 2012
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Steve Keen "therealus" (Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
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Reading Kevin Fellezs's Birds Of Fire, about the birth of fusion music, opened up a few new portals for me, not least of which was a previously undiscovered trove of Herbie Hancock recordings.

Crossings is the first of these, and having listened to it now several times I wonder that I'd previously overlooked it, it's so breathtakingly good, and not a million miles away from music I already have, though sufficiently different that it's not just more of the same.

Sleeping Giant opens with drums reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's The Jungle Line, but shifts through phases dominated by piano, trumpet and soprano sax, with transitions provided by the synths, at times heavily funky, but constantly restless, with the tempo and texture never settling down. The muted horn itself is reminiscent of Miles.

Quasar begins with some thunderous piano chords, though overall the piece is gentle, notwithstanding the turbulent flute (well, it is the 70s!) and horn.

Water Torture is the most atmospheric piece, with the flute and horn now ethereal, complemented by the synths. The groove anticipates Headhunters somewhat.

Upon giving this a listen once I immediately ordered Sextant, so enthused was I. There's a little bit of a feeling that what Hancock was doing at the time was a logical extension of what Miles began with Filles De Kilimanjaro and which developed through In A Silent Way and on to Get Up With It, though there's nothing of the weirdness of On The Corner. Instead we have the experimentation with the synths that at the time would have put this at the leading edge technologically. According to Fellezs, at the time audiences found difficulty in accepting what Hancock was doing. Listening to it now it feels both still fresh but also somehow familiar. Maybe now people are ready.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through space and time, 7 Jan 2009
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I'll keep it short as other reviewers have done a good job of summing this album up, but ... being someone who was mostly into stuff from Herbie's Headhunters period I wasn't sure what to expect from this album. To say it is quite different is an understatement, but, this album, along with Mwandishi, has a lot to offer.

Listening to this album really is like travelling through a vast expanse and there is a real sense of space and atmosphere. Although a bit too 'free' for some there are moments of melody and structure but they soon drift into something else entirely.

Rather than structured tunes think of this album more as a musical narrative to some untold galactic tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous jazz album, 23 July 2014
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This album is fantastic yes it only contains 3 songs but they are marvellous songs one is 24 minutes long and is extremely fun to listen to there is lots happening specially in the percussion side of things and Herbie plonks and plinks his synthsisers and pianos masterfully it is very brilliant album. Warning though Water Torture is called Water torture for a reason it is quite hard to listen to and feel comfortable for some reason
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5.0 out of 5 stars no tunes, just music, 7 Feb 2013
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don't expect any songs that you'll be able to whistle, just play it with the headphones on, and your eyes shut.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic trip man, far out..., 8 Oct 2003
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This was first out on vinyl in 1972. Very jazz/rock and of its time. Very electronic. It is also, however, very, very good.
The opening Sleeping Giant is a 25 minute meandering, cosmic journey.
It opens withy just percussion and a few noodlings from the Moog Synthesiser until bass and Herbies electric piano add to take off. Buster Williams bass lines are always an interesting counterpoint to the flight. It is not until after some 8 minutes that we hear from the horn section in a slow, spiritual theme that then leads into a funkier groove with alien trombone speak from Julian Priester leading into a faster repetitive riff groove, in Soft Machine mode. It slows down again before Herbie lays it on big slowing into Eddie Henderson's slow trumpet theme (sounding like Nucleus' Elastic Rock - Torrid Zone, written earlier) opening up for Benny Maupins spaced-out saxophone musings. An great trip man.
Track 2 Quasar inhabits a narrower region in this galaxy. Eerie squalls from the horns drift above the Moog wind on some uncharted star trek. Maupins flute flight and Henderson's trippy trumpet carries us on over serious rumbligs of spatial anomilies and worm holes. We are left adrift, lost in space.
The third and final track is Water Torture. Again its Moog and percussion starting this unnerving swim through fluidic space. There is a steady drip like pulse to the proceedings (Soft Machine 5 - Drop). Slinky/slimey/oosy main theme floats by some bombastic, electric space fish. I hear the influence of Hendrix's 1983, A Merman I Shall Turn To Be....... More and more sea-wraiths come to gawp and gnaw. A ghostly choir of female electra fishies almost inunciates a warning. We are close to journeys end now as we slowly go to the big sleep in a nice resting place.
As the sleeve notes say "the spiritual/sensual 'space' grooves of the music and the spiral of rhythms swirling within" just about sums it up.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same same but different..., 13 Sep 2012
This review is from: Crossings (Audio CD)
A reasonable successor to the superb first 'Mwandishi' album - layer upon layer of individual expression all coming together in one collective, lyrical voice. Too bad they didn't call it a day rather than continuing on to the overwrought, earbashing 'Sextant'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystical and a Missed Opportunity, 17 April 2012
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This album is a feast for the ears although suffers a little from a lack cohesion. However, when the album flows, it flows very well indeed. To me, the main point of interest here is Hancock's wonderful use of electric piano, early synthesisers and electronic effects. His playing sounds wonderfully mysterious and even approaches the mystical in its best moments.

However, the epic first track is far better than the closing two tracks which is a shame as the first track is a five star piece of music for the most part.

Hancock gained inspiration for this record from playing with Miles Davis on the 'Bitches Brew' sessions but I would say 'Crossings' is much more approachable than Davis' intimidating and dark fusion double album.
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